May 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367027353 - CAT# K405192
Series: Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics
Examining contestation and conflict management within holy cities, this book provides both an overview and a range of options available to those concerned with this increasingly urgent phenomenon.
In cities in India, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, we can see examples where religion plays a dominant role in urban development and thus provides a platform for conflict. Powerful religious hierarchies, the generation of often unregulated revenues from donations and endowments, the presence of holy sites and the enactment of ritualistic activities in public spaces combine together to create forms of conflict which are, arguably, more intense and more intractable than other forms of conflicts in cities. The book develops a working definition of the urban dimension of religious conflicts so that the kinds of conflict exhibited can be contextualised and studied in a more targeted manner. It draws together a series of case studies focussing on specific cities, the kinds of religious conflicts occurring in them and the international structures and mechanisms that have emerged to address such conflicts.
Combining expertise from both academics and practitioners in the policy and military world, this interdisciplinary collection will be of particular relevance to scholars and students researching politics and religion, regional studies, geography and urban studies. It should also prove useful to policy-makers in the military and other international organisations.
Part I Overview: Urban Dimensions of Religious Conflict
Introduction: The Urban Dimension of Religious Conflicts
Chapter 1: Contextualising Urban Religious Conflicts - How Do Cities Shape Conflicts?
Chapter 2: Crisis in Galasi - Simulating the Urban Dimensions of Religious Conflict
Part II Genealogies of Urban Conflict
Chapter 3: Vishweshwur Temple and Gyan Vapi Mosque: Entangled Histories in Banaras
Chapter 4: Managing Conflict amidst Development and Developmentalism - George Town, Penang
Francis Kok Wah Loh
Chapter 5: Jerusalem’s Ramadan Fridays: Pilgrimage through the Bottlenecks of Occupation
Chapter 6: Hebron - Holy and Divided
Part III Conflict Management and Resolution
Chapter 7: Protecting Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict - the Work of the Blue Shield
Chapter 8: Swimming in Dark Waters - Recent Conservation in Afghanistan
Chapter 9: The Protection of Cultural Heritage: The Experience of the Italian Carabinieri Command
Maj. Alfio Gullotta
Chapter 10: The Protection of Religious Sites in the Western Balkans – Some Lessons from Recent History.